According to NAGRAT, teacher trainees license exams is an avenue for people to make money
The National Association of Graduate Teachers [NAGRAT] has kicked against the introduction of a licensing examination for graduates of Colleges of Education.
Newly trained teachers are to be charged GH¢150 whiles those in the service will pay GH¢200 for licensing exam.
The move is to enforce discipline and eliminate non-performing teachers from the system, in accordance with the new Teachers Licensing Policy under the Education Act 778 (2008).
Rev. Jonathan Bettey, Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service (GES) said the move is part of the sector’s professional development and it applies to both trainee teachers graduating from public and private teacher training colleges.
The new regime is expected to be introduced next year.
National Vice President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu speaking on the latest development said it will not make sense for the GES to mandate the schools to produce professional after the graduation of trainee teachers.
He said discussions on the policy has not been concluded.
He noted: “The fact that a teacher rights and passes a licentiate exam doesn’t mean he/she is going to be a good teacher when the person gets on the field. I think this issue; some people want to take advantage and make money. The Central Government should take the cost of the licentiate exams, because Nana Akufo-Addo even promised that he had some plans for teachers when he recent went to Winneba. We need to discuss the nature of license, the modalities of licensing, the implication of the license to job security, all these things must be discussed and agreed upon, none of these have been done.
“It looks as if they are seized with the interest in implementing a policy that is not coterminous with the interest of the Ghanaian teacher, the people who represent the teachers are the unions, you cannot superimpose such a policy on us. There’re even implications in renegotiating certain aspects with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission.”
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